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I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

Notes From the August 12, 2015 oPASS and MagicPASS Meeting

  • Meeting held at Nova Southeastern here in Orlando
  • Arrived early to meet David Pless, good thing we were early – couldn’t get the display to duplicate, some kind of problem with the projector set up. Finally had to set things up so he could sit facing the screen for the…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 August 2015

A Quote from Spock

My mom gave me a book about Leonard Nimoy  recently and we talked later about the impact his life had on others and his role in the rebooted Star Trek. One more reason to love my Mom, she loves Trek! We talked about how having Spock (Spock Prime!) show up… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 August 2015

oPASS & MagicPASS Meeting Tonight

David Pless is presenting:

Query Store is a new feature in SQL Server 2016, and is also available in Azure SQL Database V12. Query Store is designed to help with query performance troubleshooting by making it easier to identify poorly performing statements and finding scenarios where performance regresses. In this… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 August 2015

Farewell Scott McKenzie

Scott McKenzie was the DJ of Mix 105 here in Orlando for an astounding 24 years and that’s been the main station I listen to for about the same amount of time. Curiously I don’t know who was there before Scott. You know how it works, you scan stations until… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 August 2015

Using Kickstarter to Save Neil Armstrongs Spacesuit

Ran across this while visiting the Air & Space Museum over the summer, the Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to conserve and digitize the suit Neil Armstrong wore on the moon. I donated a dollar and I see they’ve already passed the funding goal of $500k.  It… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 5 August 2015

SSC Editorial: How to Keep Up with SQL Server

How to Keep Up With SQL Server ran as the editorial of the day on July 31st. Modest amount of comments, but in particular I made a note to come back to the topic of early adopters vs being stuck with a late/never adopting employee. Both are interesting scenarios.

Imagine… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 4 August 2015

SSC Editorial: Would You Pay to Wear Jeans at Work?

Would You Pay to Wear Jeans at Work turned out to be popular piece when posted a couple weeks back. The premise is that some companies allow a relaxed dress code in return for a donation to a specified charity.  I’ve opted in at times and not at others to… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 July 2015

SQLSaturday Orlando 2015–Classes on Thursday and Friday for Even More Learning

We have a solid tradition here in Orlando of offering some all day classes the Thursday and Friday before SQLSaturday. It started way back at #1 when we brought Joe Celko to town! It’s a way to give our local community the chance to do some deeper learning at a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 July 2015

SSC Editorial: Is the Golden Age of Information Technology Almost Over?

Posted last week, Is the Golden Age of Information Technology Almost Over? generated some interesting comments. It’s tough to write about potential changes without saying the sky is following, but it does make a good opinion piece!

I was discussing it with Steve Jones after it was published and he… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 July 2015

Next oPASS Meeting is July 23, 2015 with David Crook

The next OPASS meeting is July 23, 2015, featuring David Crook from Microsoft doing a presentation on predicting home value using Azure. Should be interesting!


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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 July 2015

The End of SQLRally

PASS announced yesterday the end of the SQLRally brand. It was disappointing news for an idea that started with such promise. It’s a minimal impact decision as Rally had long been dead here in the US and I imagine the international users will be able to proceed using the SQLSaturday… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 July 2015

Worth Reading: Microsoft IT migrates mailboxes to Office 365 Exchange Online

Just read Microsoft IT migrates mailboxes to Office 365 Exchange Online, a good overview of their migration from Exchange. Lots of interesting lessons learned and if you generalize just a bit apply to other migration scenarios.



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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 July 2015

Be a PASS NomCom Candidate!

Today is the last day to submit your name as a candidate for the NomCom. If you’re a PASS member (surely you are) and you want the org to remain strong volunteering for the NomCom is a great way to help out. It’s also a way to get an… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 July 2015

Thoughts on the PASS BAC

I recently read PASS and Business Analytics: A Winning Combination on the PASS blog and it reminded me that I’ve been wanting to write some thoughts and concerns related to the BAC. I start this acknowledging I’m looking at things from a DBA perspective and that I haven’t attended a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 July 2015

Moving SQLAndy to Project Nami

I’ve been hosting this blog on Azure for a while, running WordPress on top of MySQL. Works fine, gives me a reason to use Azure here and there to gain experience. No good reason to change. Still, why not?

Last night I loaded Project Nami, a port of WordPress… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 July 2015

Reporting Services Subscriptions in “Pending” Status

Ran into this issue today. A subscription that had been working failed. Looking at it in the RS portal it had a status of “pending” Not helpful! I tested the report, looked at the datasources, and the subscription, it all looked good. It was only when I stepped through the… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 1 July 2015

SSC Editorial: Exit Lines & Writing Editorials

I’m trying to evolve a little in the topics I pick and how I write them to push the boundaries a little more than normal. Editorials should trigger thinking and debates, evoke more than provoke, but not be polarizing. I resist the impulse to measure success by the number of… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 June 2015

Changes to the 2015 PASS Board Elections

PASS just posted Changes to the 2015 PASS Board Elections based on feedback from the 2014 NomCom. I was part of that team, so now that the process is complete I want to add some comments on the process and the results. They are, of course, my opinion only –… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 25 June 2015

SSC Editorial: Culture Clashes and Arrogance

I’m a little late posting this, Culture Clashes and Arrogance was featured on June 17, 2015. One of my favorites for the lessons I learned that led to writing it. Oh, things I wish I had learned much sooner!

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Posted in SQLAndy on 25 June 2015

oPASS June 2015: Using BI Power tools to visualize your SQL Infrastructure with Rodney Landrum

The next oPASS meeting is tomorrow night (June 25, 2015):

DBAs do not always have time to work with some of the amazing visual data tools that are becoming common place now for analysts. In this presentation I will show how in just a few very easy steps you can…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 24 June 2015

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